You can have a delicious meal while doing tremendous good for your body. Good for you food does not come from a package or manufacturing plant. They come from a plant, you know, like, from the earth.
I would recommend you choose organic foods because you’ll reduce your load of toxic chemicals. When you eat this salad, you are supporting your body’s ability to detoxify itself (which is a normal function of the body), but if you keep putting more toxins in you’re going to have a hard time reducing your burden. Organic greens are pretty inexpensive.
I start with romaine to give my salad bulk. Romaine is a great source of many vitamins and minerals. The A and C can help with reducing inflammation and stopping free-radical damage. Vitamin K can help with bone health and blood health. Also because of A and C, it is great for improving eye health and skin health. The A and C together have even been shown to work to stop cell damage that can lead to cancer. Of course, I don’t have to tell you that the vitamin C is a boost to the immune system. Romaine is also good for digestive and intestine health.
Did you know kale has omega 3 and 6 fats? Now, omega 6 fats are pro-inflammatory when not the the right ratio to omega-3 fats. Kale has the right ratio, so it reduces inflammation! Internal and chronic inflammation is what leads to disease. There is a component in kale called isothiocyanates which have been reported to help detoxify the body at the cellular level. Kale stands out in it’s ability to protect against heart disease as well. Kale is a valuable source of folate which helps a healthy pregnancy and also the development of infants.
Not only do I start with romaine and kale, but I also put a generous amount of spinach in my salad. The benefits of spinach are just as profound. It is protective against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It boosts your immune system, promotes eye health, maintains bone health, improves skin health and helps the body with detoxification.
Romaine, kale, and spinach are the leafy greens. But I never forget to add broccoli sprouts! Broccoli sprouts are even more healthy than the mature broccoli. Broccoli sprouts have a very high level of enzymes and nutrients which provide the body valuable energy to detox and strengthen the immune system. They have also been called one of the most anti-cancer foods!
Carrots get thrown in there, too. Carrots have been shown to promote healthy skin, slow aging, prevent infection, cleanse the body, protect teeth & gums, and even prevent stroke!
Eating healthy is not boring and gross. It’s delicious and beneficial.
This is just what I add to my salad. It’s anti-cancer, immune boosting, and detoxifying. You could always throw on any other veggies you love. I generally top my salad with one of my homemade salad dressings (which you can find on this blog as well. And I will be adding more soon. Here is my favorite one.). Occasionally I will add my homemade croutons as well.
It is also a good idea to boost the power of this salad by sprinkling on some flax seed and/or any other nuts and seeds you like. Pumpkin seeds are a great option. So are sunflower seeds If you like more crunch in your salad, cashews or almonds would be delicious, too.
1-2 heads of romaine
2 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
2 handfuls each of green leaf and red leaf lettuce
1 handful of broccoli spouts
1 handful of carrots